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Copyright Law: Secondary Sources

A guide to treatises, forms, Copyright Office publications, and books for non-lawyers and practitioners


Visit or subscribe to blogs to keep up-to-date on developments in copyright law. The following are just a few copyright blogs.

By the director legal policy of the Copyright Alliance, "a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing creators across the spectrum of copyright disciplines." See also the Copyright Alliance Blog.

Copyright Litigation Blog
Tagline: Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.

Future of Copyright
Focuses on "copyright and content in the digital domain."

Intellectual Property Brief
From American University's Washington College of Law.

Seattle Copyright Watch
"Insight and commentary" on copyright and other IP issues from a Redmond-based attorney.

The 1709 Blog
1709 refers to the Statute of Anne, the "first purpose-built copyright law." This blog is "dedicated to all things copyright, warts and all."

Title 17
Named for the title of the U.S. Code that deals with copyright, this blog provides copyright "law news, commentary and discussion." By a New York IP lawyer.

For information about other blogs, see the American Bar Association's Blawg Directory and the Gallagher guide on Blogs & RSS Feeds.


Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke Law School
The Center's mission "is to promote research and scholarship on the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science and innovation, to promote debate about the balance needed in our intellectual property system and to translate academic research into public policy solutions."

Copyright Clearance Center
A global rights broker used to obtain copyright permissions.

Creative Commons
A nonprofit that "enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools."

Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)
A digital archive of cases, laws, and commentaries from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.